Resources For Furloughed Government Workers in WNY
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**Offers arranged in no particular order.All offers subject to change and have various rules- check with each organization and business for details. Review your agency's rules on accepting gifts.Submit tips regarding additional offerings to gnomes@foodgnomes.org
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*List will be updated as volunteers are able--ideally once per evening, possibly more.
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Business/Organization NameOfferingContact information/WebsiteAdditional Notes
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Food Bank of WNYFood distributions throughout FBWNY's 4-county distribution area, offering both shelf-stable & perishable food items.
https://www.foodbankwny.org/5281-2/
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Buffalo Museum Of Science
Free admission to all furloughed federal government employees & their families during the shutdown.https://twitter.com/buffaloscience/status/1085614371877912576?s=20
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Misuta ChowsFree meals to those affected by the government shutdown. Monday-Friday from 11am-1pm and 3pm-6pm and from 3pm-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your government id.https://www.facebook.com/misutachows/photos/a.1108157402621477/1710179139085964/?type=3&theaterBring your government id.
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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino 2 free buffets at Thunder Falls Buffet, Monday-Friday in January beginning Friday January 18! Offer only good once per a day for lunch or dinnerhttps://twitter.com/SenecaCasinos/status/1086275074980642823?s=20You must show your TSA or US Customs Border Protection ID
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Food GnomesFood Gnomes is a mobile food pantry that only asks one question: "Are you hungry?" If the answer is "Yes," they deliver food and hygiene products to clients, no further questions asked.https://www.foodgnomes.org/food/ See the Food Gnomes delivery calendar at: https://www.foodgnomes.org/calendar/
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**New York's major electric & gas utilitieshttp://www3.dps.ny.gov/pscweb/WebFileRoom.nsf/ArticlesByCategory/CEE1A20BEC1982CA852583850070FB2E/$File/pr19003.pdf?OpenElement**PDF says "...specific provisions will vary by utility.
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**Every Bottom Covered- Diaper Bank In Buffalo, NY**Copied firectly from EBC's website:
Each child in a qualifying household with diaper need receives 20 diapers each as well as a package of wipes

Referrals to organizations providing services to low-income families

Ongoing monthly support of diapers to supplement low-income families​
http://www.everybottomcovered.org/families-in-need-of-services**EBC says participants must qualify for other low-income services. According to this article, some furloughed workers *MAY* be eligible to apply for public assistance benefits: https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/nys-agencies-to-offer-help-to-furloughed-federal-workers
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Canalside BuffaloFree admission for furloughed workers and their families.https://twitter.com/CanalsideBflo/status/1086624321416572928?s=20*Bring government ID.
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Spot Coffee KenmoreFree 12 oz. hot, drip coffee for federal employees.https://www.facebook.com/spotcoffeekenmore/photos/a.291124811243568/757975071225204/?type=3&theater*Bring government ID.
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Shaun MayesFree haircuts for workers affected by the government shutdown, and their kids.https://www.facebook.com/FoodGnomes/posts/937423113126358?__xts__[0]=68.ARDYd5lcrWvW35RDU3PeJYdAggN6jU7xTAPEbnazV3MzZlDe7XgpJ9di6zwkHIqx26ZDtwlRAXZxS79pQ9vHBJO6tgQX-iqpSDycBibNjxf3b0hBNDiQz6JmccUL24vqYqkmJylXGSjWDM13Y1Y5j35GtodZ9Q3dWxIvrr1e1AbCNnjWedelEcNoHK7NszcTpWT3A13IodCb-OjwQtDTAN-5_6aux_Ape2aXM7u_ZoSEjLqU-2NwzpTwmLONu1E-UIAgbES-RJYzc-C99QLnIk3hcYMcuc0jHc1YprXnWnVOt8C3e5ZWMahUvDCmJdTMipsAGTgOgFyWMZqtcUM&__tn__=-R
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JCC BuffaloThe JCC will refund the January membership fee for any current JCC members who are furloughed & will not charge them any membership fees until the shutdown is over.https://www.facebook.com/jccbuffalo/photos/a.199149990112663/2533700443324261/?type=3&theater*Bring government issued photo ID & any furlough documentation to either of their Member Services Desks.
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Buffalo ZooFree admission during the shutdown.https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloZoo/photos/a.321292078994/10156421088238995/?type=3&theater*Must bring current, valid, employee ID.
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Albright-Knox Art GalleryFree admission to all furloughed federal government employees and their families.https://www.facebook.com/albrightknoxartgallery/photos/a.179037277162/10155718483407163/?type=3&theater
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Explore BuffaloFree tickets Inside Downtown tours through the end of February.https://www.facebook.com/ExploreBuffalo/posts/1489787391165515?__xts__[0]=68.ARD9eN7OTXIm7_gvd1uifmLi1WWQ6979oYMlMdqJ0edSXV1GRZqJzg_hizIUjLgSuOmFTe7JY5ueJ6mZgaeP7PAtIORTyvKulCvIxYX3UoDT0gu_yAN8v36Tm2k1zMeiwQ1m4OJGcxzgDezfYOHAZK_CCB_ybKzJN5weYWAfkzyHyoRBTwGu1cyOM-xdVC70Bm7VZs1bgXktNoBUXNKYJjI7IULF-xM8PBGimX-YLlIMwRrvJcJS6mNz3OveRTcLkgBlZGEMkmsRFFXHWcw_XwPQ8s_1EzCE1ukRC3TNTOMxu4Z0uFU3xPw_P8VMM7HJHUXM_f8WlU3HHPKGspZnFRlX_g&__tn__=-R
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**RPM RacewayOne free race for federal employees affected by rhe government shutdown.https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/15/government-shutdown-metuchen-program-aids-furloughed-federal-workers/2570940002/**Article says that RPM Raceway reserves the right to cancel the promotion at any time. That said, we advse checking with the location at the Walden Galleria for site-specific updates. Must bring government employee ID.
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Bank of AmericaPersonalized financial assistance through their Client Assistance Programhttps://message.bankofamerica.com/shutdown/?cm_sp=EBZ-BAC-Announcement-_-BACAnnouncement-_-AMT2SX3F01_SuperHighlights_Shutdown_Dec18_ctaGovtShutdown
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ChaseAssorted hardship programs, Waiving or refunding overdraft & monthly service fees if an employee’s salary from an affected federal agency was direct-deposited into the account in November, 2018, https://media.chase.com/news/chase-assists-during-government-shutdownAccording to the website, "Chase will waive or refund the affected fees from December 24 through January 4 or until the shutdown ends – whichever is sooner."
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AT&TFlexible payment optionshttps://about.att.com/newsroom/2019/payment_plans_shutdown.html
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SprintAssistance will vary by case.https://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-will-assist-customers-impacted-by-federal-government-shutdown.htm
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T-MobileFlexible payment optionshttps://www.t-mobile.com/news/un-carrier-offers-support-for-gov-employees?clickid=xTkzGgz7uXNGzJg28l37KU2zUkgTcrX0mV0fRk0&irgwc=1&cmpid=WTR_AF_187812_Axel%20Ltd%20Co%20(dba%20MobileNations)_&iradid=187812&irpid=159229&ircid=3290&sharedid=&aam=aam_uuid&invoca=invoca_experience&irmpname=Axel%20Ltd%20Co%20(dba%20MobileNations)&group=
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Verizon**See link for specific offers.https://www.verizon.com/about/news/impacted-government-shutdown-verizon-has-your-back
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The American Legion Through a partnership with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, they'll be working to provide financial support through the Legion's Temporary Financial Assistance Program.https://www.legion.org/financialassistance/244450/american-legion-ready-assist-coast-guardsmen-affected-shutdown?fbclid=IwAR2p73hVTZzgRSjF_TOCE4ipig3C9i3Pmil-XXz5gOm-Nl1A-ig3a0UUd00
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WNY Heroes**Assistance will vary by case. Post says to call their office or visit their website for more details.https://www.facebook.com/WNYHeroes/photos/a.124848193347/10156184389368348/?type=3&theater
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Hotel Association of New York CityAccording to their website, "...the Hotel Association of New York City announced it will provide free hotel rooms to furloughed federal workers who need to travel to New York City for personal emergencies during the shutdown."https://www.hanyc.org/hotel-association-of-nyc-offers-free-rooms-to-furloughed-federal-workers-for-emergencies/
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O'Connell & CompanyFree theatre tickets for furloughed federal workers.https://www.facebook.com/events/2220135844905723/
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Wiz WilliamsFree Sunday dinner (1/27) for any government employee affected by the shutdown, and their immediate families.https://www.facebook.com/wiz.williams.100/posts/1941922792782435*Must provide proof that you are a government employee, & provide the number of how many people you need to feed in advance.
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Aunt Robins Diner*This offer isn't specifically just for federal workers. They noticed that school breakfasts and lunches are expected to be among the next things impacted by the government shutdown and want to try to help by providing some bagged breakfasts and lunches for school-aged children.https://www.facebook.com/auntrobins/posts/2297527300494906?__xts__[0]=68.ARCq1lmXl1vmY3bI2_t9mmZwRBnB5Bcco47hhEAIGgVL1uInoRns3MshBjzjEdV_MhjApRbJlgw_T0_bx2nU3sDqgQW7pl-jyjQATycbHdP-SRfi23l95mKy5kgl785ouUL4t9FveETdjaS7YH6NH3bJNoDey9F0gg7KzJYHu4GosfLzeI_uju_xZXNbSSJWKPOSeEq1j6CJxPICCGL1AxdF6kwS4bbLLW_cxMjJ-d9ijLfvmovIyIziq8GRLCSyYvZjAB6ol3DHu2OFe0GsN_XwEs6V92IrIPxfB9f2rHAtRLmtXxZT4CbyNX-hM7kY8ScKVgXhzXWHJ1sBNW_a6r4n&__tn__=-RPost asks those who are interested to call 716 948 9361 to give them a bit of a "heads up."
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"Governor Cuomo Directs SUNY and CUNY to Assist Students Impacted by Federal Shutdown with College-Related Expenses"This isn't Biuffalo-specific, but Buffalo IS home to 6 SUNY institutions. According to the press release, "Payments for tuition and related college expenses will be postponed, and no late fees or penalties will be charged to impacted students. This temporary reprieve will apply to federal employees, dependents of federal employees, and students who are dependent on loans from the federal government that may be delayed."https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-directs-suny-and-cuny-assist-students-impacted-federal-shutdown-college-related
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PSL Premier Senior LivingFree meals for federal workers currently going without a paycheck.Federal ID required. They have locations in several states. See https://www.pslgroupllc.com/locations/?fbclid=IwAR1--tbVCG20Vpefx-DezJ--n8L6MyrorA3YqmGkkTLlCOTx-g-eQmg2Ceg for information about their three Buffalo locations.
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North Buffalo Community Center**This isn't specifically a "Furlough Freebie," but on January 30th, the North Buffalo Community Center will be holding a "Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic" for cats, dogs, and ferrets.http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=free-rabies-vaccination-clinics-0&fbclid=IwAR2rSVOifjPyiJs6h6OoiOb4e7qIRB_Zus0SH4cwAmSmgLfu6VOhJTklB1Q
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211**This also isn't specifically a "Furlough Freebie," but 2-1-1 is advertising free tax preparation services and encourages people to call.https://www.facebook.com/211wny/photos/a.1015259275167345/2515215345171723/?type=3&theater
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Flying Bison Brewing Company1 free beer per federal employee, per dayhttps://www.facebook.com/flyingbisonbrewing/photos/a.10152895365145076/10161321443240076/?type=3&theater*Must bring government ID.
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Jaewhi BryantFree haircuts for federal employees till they start getting paid again.https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014101844086&__tn__=CH-R&eid=ARAJlnHAieLWzc8fwtYTf6vcMn6f9RiutRyFVJ07r8ytm1hSAhES655uQeWMKmvIUtDpkQFGQfzCR75w&hc_ref=ARQRF5wMBj79BPf2G6uzTQrwHAQPdA1CDfyh8Rf-lSkPwQJKDPUmROmndM1pFoy4rAY&fref=nf*Must bring active federal employee ID.
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"As Coast Guard works without pay, pop-up pantry set up in Buffalo"WBFO segment describes a "pop-up pantry" set up to help Coast Guard personnel stationed in Buffalo and at Fort Niagarahttp://news.wbfo.org/post/coast-guard-works-without-pay-pop-pantry-set-buffalo
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Town of PorterAccording to the article, the town is organizing a drive to provide non-perishable food & gift cards to eventually distribute to Coast Guard families. https://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/town-of-porter-offering-help-to-furloughed-coast-guard-members/article_2c189a74-0fc6-5ddd-baa2-9cc60232bf23.html*Old Fort Niagara is organizing a drive to aid the town's efforts: https://www.facebook.com/oldfortniagara/photos/a.390096224849/10156991072474850/?type=3&theater
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Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY
Catholic Charities is offering to provide furloughed federal employees with food during the shutdown, and for up to 2 months after the shutdown at one of their pantry locations.https://www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo/photos/a.74391233551/10157104070778552/?type=3*Must bring proof of work and an ID to any of their pantry locations.
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Mister Pizza Elmwood
1 large pizza with cheese + 1 ingredient
https://www.facebook.com/1705458589708122/posts/2193961094191200/PICKUP ONLY. Government ID required. Offer now extended through Friday, 2/1
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UNOS Pizzeria & GrillUNOS is participating in World Central Kitchen's "Chefs For Feds" efforts. The website does not say specifically what they're offering, but says that they're feeding people weekdays till 3pm.https://worldcentralkitchen.org/chefsforfeds?fbclid=IwAR0SNoQsjNldizUdrjvd59WB-ygV6UBFPPXKwqW_ns7pOwX3yqMRho2VLXIWeekdays until 3pm
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